2 Arrests Made In Choctaw Burglary Ring
OKLAHOMA COUNTY - Two people have been arrested after deputies busted a huge burglary ring in Oklahoma County.
Last week, investigators discovered a home in Choctaw that had thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen property inside.
The two people taken into custody are 27-year old Cody Gotowala and 38-year old April Calkins. They are both accused of burglary and possession of stolen property.
On victim listed in the case is Brady Stallings. He and his family were moving into a new home in Harrah when the thieves stole about $25,000 in items according to deputies.
Stallings said he began searching online, in hopes that the thief would try to sell his belongings.
Stalling called the police after he noticed one of his daughters unique dolls had been posted on the Letgo app.
It’s a 30th anniversary Cabbage Patch doll that had marker scribbled on it’s face.
“It's hard for a kid to take that in. As a parent, it's hard to say we don't have any of your stuff anymore,” he said.
Deputies got a search warrant and tracked down many more stolen items.
However, Stallings said hardly any of that property belonged to him. In fact, investigators said judging by the evidence, there are multiple victims in the case.
Even the sheriff’s department recovered some of its own property, including uniforms and a laptop.
“And so we are trying to determine exactly what those were going to be used for,” said Mark Opgrande of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.
Newly filed court documents reveal Calkins is accused of bringing her 13-year old son with her to help during the break-in's. The teen told deputies he has been the Stallings' family home, and could describe the house.
The 13-year old said his mother "has done over 100 burglaries along the turnpike construction, and when he realized what she was doing he stopped going with her."
Investigators add they do believe there are more suspects who still have not been identified in the case.
Calkins faces additional charges of engaging in a pattern of criminal offenses and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.